High Sheriff of Dyfed recognition awards for two RNLI services
At a presentation evening held on Wednesday 2 November the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Professor Medwin Hughes DL, DPhil, DPS, FRSA, Vice Chancellor of University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, gave two separate awards, one to crew members of Burry Port RNLI and another to the RNLI Lifeguard
The award was made in order ' to record and celebrate the distinctive contribution made by RNLI Lifeboats, in recognition of the professional service, care and committed support offered to members of the community. The Shrievalty wished to record its gratitude for such outstanding community service'.
A separate award was given to the RNLI Lifeguards, recording the same distinctive service to the community.
Representing Burry Port RNLI were Roger Bowen-Lifeboat Operations Manager, Trevor Griffiths- Chairman Lifeboat Management Group, Len Cross- Retired Crew member and Management Group Adviser, Darren Sheppard-Helmsman, Gary Morgan- Helmsman and Lifeboat Education Officer, Lee Fox- Crew member and Crew Chairman, and Alun Wells-Deputy Launching Authority and Lifeboat Press Officer.
Representing the RNLI Lifeguards was Phil Davies-RNLI Lifeguard Manager West Wales.
The award ceremony took place at the Cothi Suite, Halliwell Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Carmarthen campus, with over twenty awards made to a variety of local voluntary organisations, in recognition of their outstanding work. In addition to the RNLI, the British Red Cross, Royal British Legion, care workers for elderly, critically ill, blind and hospice supporters, and others, were all recipients of special awards.
The High Sheriff, Professor Hughes made a special mention ' this award is given to volunteers who are prepared to put their own lives in danger, to save others who are at risk'
Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Bowen quoted ' to receive an award is always a special moment, but receiving the accolade in the community that you serve and protect makes it a rewarding achievement for the efforts and commitment made by all the crew and supporters at Burry Port'.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.